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Local fire departments pay respects to fallen Boston firefighters

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- More than one hundred local firefighters from departments all over the Capital Region lined up Wednesday morning, dressed in uniform, with black stripes over their badges, to pay tribute to two fallen firefighters in Boston.

Bob Powers, a member of the Albany Permanent Professional Firefighters Association President, said, "We're all part of a brotherhood, and we all feel the same thing."

Especially when it comes to tragedy.

"We've had a tragedy out in Boston, we're going to support our brothers out in Boston," said Powers.

Last week a nine-alarm fire injured 13 firefighters, and claimed the lives of two. Our local heroes will pay their respects to 43-year-old Lieutenant Edward Walsh Jr. at his funeral, and to 33-year-old Michael Kennedy at his wake.

"It's really a tribute to the person and to the department when other departments show up for the funeral or the wake," said Albany Fire Chief Warren Abriel Jr.

That same tribute and support is something Abriel is proud his men are a part of.

"It meant a lot to myself and to the family," said Chief Abriel.

The last time the Boston Fire Department came to Albany was in 2007 to mourn the loss of the Abriel's brother, and fellow firefighter, Ted Abriel.

Abriel said, "It's a very difficult time I know for the Boston Fire fighters, it was for us when Ted died. There are many many things that go through a firefighter's mind."

"We all face the same risks, we all do the same job," said Powers.

It's a dangerous job, that keeps the rest of us safe. Firefighters that weren't able to attend Wednesday's services have the opportunity to go to Boston on Thursday for the final burial of firefighter Michael Kennedy.

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